Hello again, readers! Today we’re going to continue our semi-regular feature “What We’re Reading,” where we all share the books we’re digging into this week.
Katherine Longshore is reading FIGHTING ON THE HOME FRONT: The Legacy of Women in World War One by Kate Adie.
She says: “Having recently done so much research on women’s lives and women’s roles in England during the pre-war years, I was thrilled to find this account of how enormously those lives and roles changed when Britain went to war in 1914. I love history written this way–including personal accounts, family stories, and the societal and labor repercussions that continued long after the war ended. Perfect reading for Women’s History Month and the 100th anniversary of the start of the war.”
She says: “[the book is] about the (often coerced) surrender of babies for adoption by unmarried pregnant teens and twentysomethings in the years before Roe vs. Wade. It’s almost dystopian, what was done to these girls in the name of propriety. It’s one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve read in a while.”
She says: “[the book was] the winner of the Scott O’Dell prize for historical fiction. Wonderful middle grade fare.”
She says: “My fourteen-year daughter read it last week and said she loved it even more than Green’s THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, so the book shot to the top of my to-read list.”
She says: “It’s about a girl who’s grown up on a Nantucket-esque island, working for the rich summer crowd, a girl whose parents never left the island – and the boy who broke her heart and is back slumming it as the yard boy this summer. I loved Huntley’s debut, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, and this is similarly full of swoony romance and great characterization. She writes fantastic family relationships. Plus, I’m at the beach in NC this week on a writing retreat, so the setting is perfect!”
She says: “brilliant book on plot/story structure that has been super helpful to me through this revision of my current WIP.”
She says: “I started this lovely middle grade novel several months ago before I sold my next book and had to put it aside. I’m restarting it now. Irene writes fantastic books and I can’t wait to finish this one.”
She says: “This is my first Abercrombie read and I’m already smitten. BEST SERVED COLD is gritty and dark, with vivid, bloody combat scenes, dark humour, and unforgettable characters.”